New cranes will provide the capability to handle close to an additional 500,000TEUs
Fujairah Terminals has received two new quay cranes at Fujairah Port, as part of an extensive expansion programme. The Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes are said to be the largest available in the market and were purchased from ZMPC China.
According to a statement, Abu Dhabi Ports, which owns Fujairah Terminals, is embarking on a $272m expansion programme. The cranes feature enhanced propulsion speed during the movement of containers between the ship and quayside. The cranes will heighten productivity, speed up the turnaround of vessels, and increase safety, the statement said.
Fujairah Terminals says it seconded two UAE national graduates to China to undergo a technical training programme at ZMPC’s facility to enable maximum efficiency in the operation of the new cranes.
“The arrival of these two new quay cranes is an exciting development in the ongoing expansion of operations at Fujairah Terminals. The ambitious expansion plan underscores our commitment to continuing development of a world-class infrastructure capable of facilitating global trade and logistics and will contribute to the UAE’s economic growth,” said AbdulAziz Al Balooshi, acting CEO at Fujairah Terminals.
The expansion programme is also said to include a capacity increase to 1.5m TEUs, a general cargo handling increase to 1.3m tonnes, an 18-metre draft, a larger quayside, and the ability to accommodate bigger vessels.